Facebook app gaining Live button, video broadcasts now more Periscope-like

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

The Messenger button in the mobile Facebook app for iOS and Android which sent users to the Messenger app has been replaced with a Live button as the popular social network aims to push live and pre-recorded videos in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Announced in a blog post Wednesday, the company is also rolling out new features for Facebook Live that give users more ways to discover, share and interact with live video. Read More

 

Reposting Vine videos to Instagram with VineGrab

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

I recently talked about sharing Instagram videos on Vine, a multi-step procedure that involves a third-party app to save an Instagram clip to the Camera roll before posting it manually to the Twitter-owned Vine service.

So far so good.

But what about the other way round? Of course that same process applies to posting vine clips on Instagram: save a vine to the device before manually sharing it on Instagram.

As it turns out, there’s a bunch of third-party apps in the App Store which can take the pain out of resharing vines on Instagram. With VineGrab, a free iPhone app by Xiaoyu Xia, not only can you watch vines in a more elegant interface than Vine’s own, you can also repost your favorite ones to Instagram. Read More

 

Cable network Starz launches $9 per month streaming package for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Starz, a premium cable and satellite television network, today announced a brand new video service which permits owners of the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV to stream shows for a low monthly fee of just $8.99 per month.

A companion iOS app lets subscribers download full episodes to watch offline but does not offer live streaming. On the fourth-generation Apple TV, it supports universal search so you can ask Siri for shows to watch, including original ones like “Outlander”, “Power” and the upcoming “American Gods”. Read More

 

Twitter will live-stream Thursday Night Football broadcasts worldwide in the next season

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Twitter has managed to sign an important deal with the National Football League giving it rights to exclusively live-stream as many as ten Thursday Night Football broadcasts worldwide in the next season, the companies said today.

According to Variety, Twitter will carry the games broadcast by NBC and CBS, to be simulcast on the NFL Network, too.

Free live-streams will leverage Twitter-owned Periscope.

In addition to the live games, Twitter will also stream in-game highlights from TNF and pre-game live broadcasts from players and teams before, during and after games. Read More

 

New 4K video reveals the incredible complexity of Apple’s upcoming iSpaceship headquarters

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016

A new ultra high-definition drone video of Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 facility, posted Monday by YouTuber Duncan Sinfield, gives a nice overview of just how far along the project has progressed over the past twelve months.

The video, available in crisp 4K resolution, shows the incredibly complexity of the 2.8 million square foot structure, Steve Jobs’s last project, that should become home to approximately 12,000 Apple employees in January 2017. Read More

 

iPhone SE: 10 features that didn’t make the cut

By Andrew O'Hara on Apr 4, 2016

The iPhone SE has the body of an iPhone 5s, but with all of Apple’s latest tech. Well, most of it anyway. In this post and video, we’ve compiled a list of the latest features that didn’t make the cut to Apple’s four inch handset. Read More

 

Snapchat unveils stickers, video notes, Auto-Advance Stories & other chat improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 29, 2016

Snapchat is rolling out a bunch of new capabilities destined for its second-generation chat feature, in addition to other improvements like stickers, all-new Auto-Advance Stories capability and updated privacy terms.

The Venice Beach-headquartered maker of the popular ephemeral messaging software has confirmed that more than 200 stickers are now available within the app, based on its $100 million purchase of Bitstrips. Read More

 

How to share Instagram videos to Vine

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2016

Sharing an Instagram video on Vine, a shortform video-sharing service, is not as trivial as it seems at first blush.

Instagram’s app does not connect directly to Twitter-owned Vine and Facebook is doing a surprisingly good job clamping down on third-party apps which would permit users to reshare Instagram videos to Vine. A workaround solution involves downloading these videos to your device before they can be manually posted to Vine.

If you’re jailbroken, there are many Cydia tweaks for saving Instagram media to an iPhone, such as InstaBetter, InstaEnhancer and InstaTools, to mention a few. In this tutorial, we’ll be covering the process of resharing Instagram videos to Vine using InstaBoard for iPhone, a free app for downloading Instagram media to iOS devices. Read More

 

T-Mobile adds nine new Binge On providers, including YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO, John Legere, announced on Thursday via a press release that Binge On, the carrier’s feature that zeroes out video streaming, has added support for nine new providers, including Google-owned YouTube.

These providers are now part of Binge On initiative: Baeble Music, Discovery GO, ESNE TV, FilmOn.TV, Fox Business, Google Play Movies, KlowdTV, Red Bull TV and YouTube. Read More

 

Unboxing video shows off claimed iPhone SE/7 cases

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

Popular YouTube channel Unbox Therapy on Thursday posted a hands-on video with an alleged case for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7.

While we have already seen a fair share of purported cases for the forthcoming smartphone refresh, the quality of this particular video gives us a much closer look at some of the design changes the iPhone 7 is said to bring to the table.

Like prior leaks, this particular case appears to confirm the general layout of the buttons on the iPhone 7, with the exception of one thing that stands out in particular. Read More

 

Review: ZhiYun Z1 Smooth-C gimbal gives your iPhone all the video stabilization it’ll ever need

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2016

If you use your iPhone for any kind of video production, then a gimbal should definitely be one of the top things on your wish-list if you don’t already have one.

In this review, we’ll be giving you an in-depth look at the ZhiYun Z1 Smooth-C 3-axis handheld stabilizing gimbal. This is a tool that many videographers use to keep their recording device of choice nice and steady, even when walking or running around. Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘Timer’ iPhone 6s ad starring Cookie Monster

By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2016

Apple on Wednesday shared a new iPhone 6s ad on its YouTube page called ‘Timer.’ The spot stars the popular Sesame Street character Cookie Monster, and is set in a kitchen where he is baking—you guessed it—cookies.

With a humorous tone, the commercial demonstrates the hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ feature on Apple’s iPhone 6s. Cookie Monster uses it to accomplish a variety of tasks, including setting a kitchen timer and playing a music playlist. Read More

 

New Periscope update makes it easier to watch a broadcast with someone you know

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Periscope, a Twitter-owned live video-broadcasting app, was updated today in the App Store with changes that make it easier to watch a broadcast with someone you know.

If a person that you follow who also follows you back joins your broadcast, you will now see their name in chat.

“We’ll also prioritize their name in the viewers list, and show you how many of your mutuals are in the broadcast right now,” release notes read. Read More

 

Apple-FBI fight over iPhone backdoor, security and encryption gets a comedic treatment

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016

Apple’s fight against the United States government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over circumventing encryption and creating a backdoor into the iPhone has received a comedic treatment in a segment on the Last Week Tonight show by comedian Jon Oliver.

In a mock Apple ad, Oliver rehashes controversial quotes from government officials, as well as Donald Trump’s iPhone boycott idea and District Attorney Daniel Conley’s Kennedy quote of sending a man to the moon. Read More

 

Vimeo now streams 4K video on iPad Pro, gains a bunch of other new features in 6.0 update

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016

Thursday, Vimeo pushed a significant update to its free of charge app in the App Store which lets you record, upload and share high-quality, ad-free clips on the service.

The new app packs updated navigation tools, has richer uploading options and sports a brand new player with support for 4K streaming and enhanced Picture-In-Picture viewing on compatible devices such as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Search is now faster than ever and you can browse new curated categories like Animation, Documentary, Travel and more. Saving videos to watch offline is now easier than before, you can now upload clips from your smartphone and tablets and more. Read More

 

How to see how many people viewed your video post on Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

Instagram has long relied on ‘Likes’ to quantify how popular your posts are, making it easy to see if that photo or video you posted is gaining any traction at all. While likes are great, they don’t quite tell the whole story when it comes to video posts.

Liking a video clip doesn’t necessarily mean a person has watched it so this is not the best stat to measure the level of your followers’ engagement with your Instagram videos.

As of today, these worries are a thing of the past as Instagram’s newly updated iPhone app now makes it easy to see how many people viewed your videos on the service. Read More

 

GoPro is buying powerful iPhone video-editing apps Replay and Splice

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

GoPro, an American manufacturer of action cameras that are popular in extreme-action videography, has acquired two mobile video editing apps, Replay and Splice.

In a media release yesterday, GoPro said that merging these apps into its mobile strategy will help them deliver powerful mobile editing solutions to GoPro customers “and billions of smartphone users,” indicating the apps will continue to be available in the App Store.

In fact, both apps will be coming to Android later this year, said GoPro. Read More

 

Facebook Live now available in 30 countries, rolling out to more users in the coming weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2016

Less than ten days after it began a staggered rollout of live video broadcasting capability, Facebook on Friday said the feature is now available to iOS users in thirty markets total.

“We’ll continue to roll this out to more people as well as Pages in countries around the world in the coming weeks,“ the social networking giant has confirmed. Read More

 

Recording just part of your Mac screen with QuickTime is this easy

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 26, 2016

QuickTime is one of the apps that comes pre-installed in the OS X operating system that powers every Mac, but unfortunately, despite how powerful it is, it remains one of the under-used apps that users forget all about.

One of the useful features QuickTime offers is the ability to record your Mac’s display, but did you know you can also use QuickTime to record just a cropped portion of your display rather than the entire screen?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to keep screen recording limited to a specific portion of your screen with QuickTime. Read More

 

Facebook rolls out Live Video functionality globally

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

Facebook is making good on its promise to roll out its Periscope-like Live Video feature to user around the world. As noted by Engadget, the social networking firm has now confirmed it’s begun rolling out the feature globally. The company started testing Live Video with a small percentage of U.S. celebrities, verified profiles and other users last December. Read More